• Father of country star Reba McEntire dies

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    COALGATE, Okla. (AP) — The father of country music star Reba McEntire has died in Oklahoma. A post on the singer's verified Twitter account Friday says Clark McEntire passed away Thursday night in Coalgate. The director of Brown's Funeral Service in nearby Atoka confirmed the death, saying McEntire had been in declining health since suffering a stroke a few years ago. He was 86. A post on the country star's Instagram account says her father was "born and bred a cowboy." It says she's thankful he's no longer suffering. The post includes a photo of her father on horseback, saying: "He always told us kids never to run your horse to the barn. He was just taking his time to go on home." Funeral home director Ed

  • TLC cancels its 'Honey Boo Boo' series

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — The TLC network on Friday canceled its colorful series about child beauty pageant contestant Honey Boo Boo and her Georgia family. The network had already completed filming of another season of "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" and was set to begin airing it at the end of this year. TLC wouldn't publicly cite a reason for the cancellation, but it said in a statement that "supporting the health and welfare of these remarkable children is our only priority. TLC is faithfully committed to the childrens' ongoing comfort and well-being." The cancellation came after published reports that June Shannon was dating a man with a criminal past.

  • John Denver gets star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Things are a little sunnier on the Hollywood Walk of Fame following the posthumous unveiling of a star for John Denver. The "Sunshine on My Shoulders" singer received the walk's 2,531st star on Friday, 17 years after his death. Denver's son, Zak Deutschendorf, and daughter, Jesse Belle Denver, attended the unveiling. Denver rose to fame in the 1970s with a series of sunny, optimistic songs that included "Rocky Mountain High," ''Thank God I'm a Country Boy" and "Annie's Song." He died in a 1997 plane crash at age 53. Friday's unveiling coincided with the opening of a Hollywood exhibition of photos called "Sweet Sweet Life: The Photographic Works of John Denver.

  • #VoteVader: Would you vote for Darth Vader if given the chance?

    Richard Hall | Published: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    Because you totally could if you lived in Ukraine, where he’s running for parliament. Dressed in full Star Wars regalia, [Darth Alekseyevich] Vader prowls the streets of Kiev atop his black campaign van wooing voters with promises to turn Ukraine into a “galactic empire.” So serious is he about his mission that he even legally […]

  • Police, Guard face penalties in bikini film shoot

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah National Guard members could face career-ending penalties for allowing a risque video featuring bikini-clad British women firing high-powered weapons and riding in tanks to be partially filmed at a military training camp, the agency's top commander told state lawmakers Thursday. A separate investigation, meanwhile, has found that a state police officer was on duty while participating in the video shoot earlier this year and that the models brandished three state-owned guns. Maj. Gen. Jeff Burton told lawmakers Thursday that the handful of Guard members involved could face fines, demotions or forced retirements when an investigation is complete.

  • (NEW PHOTOS) Jennifer Lawrence buys 'romantic' home that Jessica Simpson sold last year

    Published: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    Jennifer Lawrence just bought herself a pretty house with a pretty fabulous celebrity pedigree in Beverly Hills. E! Online first reported Lawrence's purchase, and Yahoo Homes has confirmed that the house was purchased through a trust associated with her dad. It sold for $8,225,000, according to the listing agents' websites. That's more than the asking price: It was listed in July for $7.9 million.

  • Galifianakis annoys Brad Pitt on 'Between Two Ferns'

    Published: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    Just another big name for Zach Galifianakis and his comic Web series, "Between Two Ferns." In March, the actor and comedian had on President Barack Obama. Thursday, the guest was Brad Pitt. In classic "Between Two Ferns" style -- that is, the style of an early-'80s public access show -- Galifianakis made Pitt awkward from the beginning.

  • NYC museum plans Basquiat exhibition

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Brooklyn Museum plans an exhibition on graffiti artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (zhahn mee-SHEHL' BAH'-skee-aht) that includes eight rarely seen notebooks filled with his handwritten texts and sketches. "Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks" will run at the Brooklyn Museum from April 3 through Aug. 23. It will feature 160 unbound notebook pages and 30 related paintings, drawings and mixed media works. The material comes from private collections and the Brooklyn-born artist's estate. Basquiat had his start on the streets of New York. His first public exhibition was in 1980. One of his paintings sold at auction for $23.7 million last year. The notebooks come from the collection of Larry Warsh.

  • NBCUniversal settles with unpaid interns for $6.4M

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Nearly 9,000 unpaid interns stand to benefit from a $6.4 million settlement with NBCUniversal over back wages. Unpaid interns who worked on "Saturday Night Live" and other shows brought a class action suit last July in Manhattan federal court claiming NBCUniversal violated the law by classifying them as non-employee interns and paid them nothing or less than minimum wage, when they were actually doing employee work. NBCUniversal said in court documents that even though it's settling the suit, it denies the allegations and doesn't admit any wrongdoing. The average amount that class-action members of the suit will receive is $505 before taxes, although the main plaintiffs will receive more. The number of class

  • New 'Drumline' casts a new beat to original

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    ATLANTA (AP) — Nick Cannon remembers when youngsters often approached him, telling him that the 2002 film "Drumline" influenced them to attend a historically black college and university. Cannon believes the sequel could have the same impact. "People told me back then they went to an HBCU because of that movie," said Cannon, who starred in the original film as Devon Miles, a teenage drummer who went from a New York high school to the fictitious Atlanta A&T with the hopes of claiming drum section leader. "That film made being in a marching band cool. I think this new one could have the same effect." "Drumline: A New Beat," which airs at 9 p.m. EDT Monday on VH1, continues to tell the story of marching band members at A

  • Rowling writes backstory of Potter character

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Harry Potter fans can look forward to a Halloween treat, with some tricks, from J.K. Rowling. In an announcement posted Friday on her website, www.pottermore.com , the author revealed that she has prepared a 1,700 word story about the witch and former Hogwarts professor Dolores Umbridge. The story will appear on Halloween, Oct. 31, on her site. It will include Rowling's "revealing first-person thoughts" about Umbridge, according to Friday's announcement. Umbridge first appeared in "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," the fifth of seven books in Rowling's multimillion-selling series. Imelda Staunton played her in the film adaptations of the Potter books.

  • Jenny McCarthy brings her personality to radio

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — For those who wonder if that so-called "honeymoon period" for a newly married couple is real, look no further than TV-radio personality Jenny McCarthy and actor-singer Donnie Wahlberg. The two wed in late August and have no problem in the PDA department. Wahlberg recently sat in the room as McCarthy spoke to press for her new SiriusXM radio show "Dirty, Sexy, Funny". "We go to each other's jobs to spend time with each other," said McCarthy. (Wahlberg shoots the CBS cop drama "Blue Bloods" in New York.) In between interviews, the two kiss, speak softly to one another or McCarthy sits on his lap. As for her work life, that's great too, says McCarthy.

  • Queen sends her first tweet, signed 'Elizabeth R'

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II has sent her first tweet — though she kept things traditional, signing off with "Elizabeth R." The 88-year-old monarch tried her hand at Twitter as she opened a new gallery Friday in central London's Science Museum, taking off a glove to press a tablet screen as 600 guests looked on. The message, "I hope people will enjoy visiting" the exhibition, was sent instantly through the official British monarchy account on the social media website. "Elizabeth R" is how the queen signs official documents. The "R'' stands for "regina," the Latin for queen. Officials said the message came "personally" from the queen herself, although some eyebrows were raised about whether that was the case.

  • Lupita Nyong'o seeks Va. slave-trade preservation

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — "Twelve Years a Slave" actress Lupita Nyong'o is lending her star power to the opposition to a minor league baseball stadium in what was once the center of Richmond's thriving slave-trading center. Nyong'o has been posting anti-stadium opinions on social media to her millions of followers, and has personally appealed to Mayor Dwight C. Jones to withdraw support of the stadium that is the centerpiece of an economic development project. "Evidence of America's slave history simply must be preserved, as the legacy of slavery affects all American people," she wrote in a letter dated Oct. 19 to Jones. In response, Jones invited Nyong'o to visit the former capital of the Confederacy to see Shockoe Botto

  • Shakira to release baby toys with Fisher-Price

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Shakira is partnering with Fisher-Price to launch a line of baby toys as well as a Web series for moms. The Mattel, Inc.-owned company announced Friday that the First Steps collection of toys and baby gear would be available in November. Shakira co-developed six products, including a bouncer that plays music, alphabet blocks and a musical soccer ball, an ode to her soccer-playing boyfriend Gerard Pique, who plays for FC Barcelona. All of the proceeds will benefit her Barefoot Foundation, which provides education and nutrition to children in impoverished areas of her native Colombia. Pre-order on Amazon for the products begins Monday.

  • Miss Uganda contestants compete in farming

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    WOBULENZI, Uganda (AP) — When the Miss Uganda contestants arrived at this sprawling farm outside Kampala, they quickly realized their high-heels would not be useful. So they put on gumboots and strutted awkwardly as they took turns learning how to milk a cow. The scene is just what the organizers of Uganda's annual beauty pageant wanted: Beautiful women getting their hands dirty to promote farming. This was not always the case. In part to give the pageant an extra edge after years of flagging popularity, the Miss Uganda Foundation sought a partnership with the military, which earlier this year was ordered by Uganda's long-serving president to promote agriculture.

  • Binoche explores risks, passion of war photography

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Actress Juliette Binoche has long been fascinated by war photography, she says, and often wonders about the people who risk their lives to capture such photos. Who are they, and what are they like? She got a crash course when preparing for her new movie, "1,000 Times Good Night," in which she plays a photojournalist and mother whose personal risks wreak havoc on her family. Known for her intensive preparation for films — for "The Lovers on the Bridge," for example, she slept in the streets of Paris to experience life as a homeless person, angering her own mother — Binoche interviewed war photojournalists to get a sense of what drives them. "The passion they have for their work can become an obsession," s

  • Q&A: Anna Kendrick on modeling, movies and music

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Anna Kendrick is in the holiday spirit. "I want it to be Christmas already! I just want to throw a soiree," the bubbly actress said during a recent interview. Kendrick certainly looked the part, wearing a red, sleeveless party dress with a big, silk bow on the back. The outfit from Kate Spade New York's holiday collection is featured in the company's upcoming advertising campaign starring Kendrick. But don't call the 29-year-old a model. "If I had for one moment considered it modeling, I probably would've had a freakout," she said. Instead, Kendrick approached the photo shoot like a film role and got into character by discussing back stories with older male models on the set.

  • Architect Frank Gehry shocks with obscene gesture

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    MADRID (AP) — Architect Frank Gehry traveled to Spain to receive a prestigious award but shocked his hosts by responding to a reporter's question with an obscene gesture and making contemptuous comments about most modern architecture. The American-Canadian was in the northern city of Oviedo to accept one of Spain's Prince of Asturias prizes Friday. Local media reported that on the eve of the ceremony, Gehry reacted with a rude gesture at a news conference when asked if his work was based on spectacle. Gehry said 98 percent of buildings today lack sensitivity and respect for humanity, according to El Pais.

  • Hollywood movie 'Bus 657' begins filming in Mobile

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — A Hollywood thriller has begun filming in Mobile. Al.com reports (http://bit.ly/1trFTu8) that "Bus 657" so far has used locations including The Battle House, Hayley's Bar and the U.S.S. Alabama battleship. The film's plot involves a casino heist and stars Robert De Niro. It began filming in Mobile last week. Screenwriter and actor Stephen Cyrus Sepher, a Los Angeles native, tells Al.com that he sat down at a Starbucks seven years ago and wrote the script. He said it is "surreal" to now see De Niro and other actors work to take that script to the big screen. This is Sepher's second time working in south Alabama. He had a bit part in the Bruce Willis movie "Vice," which was filmed in the Mobile